Submission + - German Court rules in favor of data retention freeze

nachtkap writes: On the basis of a 2015 law, German ISP's where supposed to save call, message and location data of mobile phones, starting June 2017 for four weeks. A Munich ISP sued shortly before the end of the implementation period and got a preliminary injunction. T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom then sued because it wanted legal certainty. The Administrative Court of Cologne (VG Köln) has now ruled in principal proceedings that the data retention violates European law. The court agreed in it's ruling with the preliminary injunction of the Administrative Appeals Court that the law violates a Company's entrepreneurial freedom. The case can now advance to the German Supreme Administrative Court because the appeals court has already agreed with the lower court. Which in turn could ask the European Supreme Court (ECJ) for it's legal opinion. The lawsuit could be joined at the ECJ by several legal challenges the German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) considers referring.
Basis for the decision is a 2016 ECJ ruling where groundless data retention in Sweden and the UK where at issue.
This is the second try at a data retention law under the conservative CDU/CSU lead goverments of Chancellor Merkel.

Submission + - Is there still a point to Responsive CSS Frameworks?

Qbertino writes: I've been doing some inroads into css grid and css flexbox development building critical products with these new standards and have reached a point where I'd generally opt to avoid CSS Frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation and such all together.

I do Webdev for a living and while I still do get the point of CSS precompilers such as SASS I also think we have moved beyond the point where a thing such as Bootstrap is useful enough to justify the dependancy.

Am I wrong? What is your take on responsive CSS frameworks in 2018? Do you still use them or are they on the way out? What are the requirements at your shop if you're doing Webdev professionally? How do you and your team approach this in 2018?

Submission + - How IBM quietly pushed out 20,000 aging workers (

An anonymous reader writes: Last month, ProPublica reported that over the past five years, IBM has targeted its older American employees for layoffs. The numbers are staggering: Since 2013, itâ(TM)s estimated that IBM eliminated more than 20,000 employees ages 40 and older in the US.

Using public records, internal company documents, and a collection of stories from over 1,400 former IBM employees, the investigation pieced together how IBM went from dream employer in the 1980s to recent layoffs. How exactly does one of the countryâ(TM)s largest tech giants quietly push out so many older workers? Donâ(TM)t we have laws to protect people at the end of their careers?

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